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Report: Jadeveon Clowney Played Last Season At South Carolina With A Sports Hernia

That sports hernia Jadeveon Clowney had operated on a couple weeks ago? He may have been playing with it throughout his last season at South Carolina. Does that explain the criticism of Clowney's play last year?

Is Clowney tougher than he gets credit for?
Is Clowney tougher than he gets credit for?
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After Jadeveon Clowney suddenly went under the knife a couple of weeks ago, speculation about when he actually suffered the sports hernia that necessitated the operation occurred. Although Clowney initially told the media that the injury occurred sometime after he was drafted first overall by the Texans, John McClain now says Clowney told Gil Brandt that he suffered the injury long before the 2014 NFL Draft and subsequently played through the pain last season at South Carolina.

To no one's surprise, Clowney's agent seems to support this version of events:

So when did Clowney actually get hurt? Could that sports hernia explain Clowney's much criticized decrease in production in 2013?  The answer is written in the stars.

In the meantime, stay tuned to see what Clowney's best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Clowney pass out at 31 Flavors after South Carolina beat Missouri last October.